Catnip works!!

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  1. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    I'm all happy - I'm growing catnip plants and have them in a pot near the back door. We don't have a cat here, but the odd stray visits the garden.
    I just stood and watched a big black cat come in the garden, stare at me for ages, then go over the where the catnip is. Next thing he was rolling on the ground in ecstasy! He was stretching and rolling on his back and doing all the sorts of things cats do when happy (or doped).
    Couldn't film it because it almost dark (nightfall), but hey...there'll be another opportunity smile

    1. WriteAngled profile image79
      WriteAngledposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      My first cat was like that. However, the four I have noe have never shown any interest in catnip. Admittedly, I've only ever tried using the dried stuff with them.

      1. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I couldn't get catmint in Spain, I could get catnip grass but not the plant I have now, so don't know if my cat there would like it or not.

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      klarawieckposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Oh... Izzy... and there I was thinking no one had seen me! lol Us, kitties... we love catnip! Meawwwwww

      http://s1.hubimg.com/u/5322156_f248.jpg

      1. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this
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          klarawieckposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Joseph wasn't a fan... lol lol lol because he's lost his sense of smell. big_smile

          I did plant catnip once and the stray cats destroyed my plants. big_smile

      2. By His Way profile image58
        By His Wayposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Cougar???   (lol)

    3. By His Way profile image58
      By His Wayposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Does it show up in urine?


      (joking)

      1. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Who cares? It's legal LOL

    4. Marisa Wright profile image96
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I saw this great photo on Facebook from www.lifewithcats.tv - a cat hugging catnip:

      https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/538872_10150664904806586_591316585_9591420_1764920667_n.jpg

      1. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Oh that is so sweet!!

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          klarawieckposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Izzy, that cat looks like your profile picture! Perfect!

          1. IzzyM profile image88
            IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            It does a bit, doesn't it? lol

            All we need is for the catnip cat to show the EYES!! That would be weird!

  2. SandyMcCollum profile image77
    SandyMcCollumposted 6 years ago

    It's funny, if I grow it in a pot, the cats won't allow it to live. The either roll on it to death or they eat it. But, if it's growing in the ground, they roll next to it, not ON it. And I also have noticed that some cats will guard it and keep it all to themselves, while other cats have no interest, whatsoever. I think it's like alcohol to people, kinda; some like it too much, others have no interest. Cats will come from all around to visit a catnip plant, they smell it.

    My catnip plants are the biggest, most lush plants in the garden - last year it grew over 7 feet tall!

    And it makes a nice, kind of minty tea that's relaxing in the evening.

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I've got two bushy plants that are just starting to flower, but I'm hopeful of getting lots of seeds from them. I need to some to take back to Spain next time I visit!
      I was actually a bit scared to plant them directly into the garden in case they take over (mint family, but I'm told they spread by seed not roots like mint), but maybe if I grow more from seed I will try a little patch to see how it goes.
      I love cats, they are more than welcome in the garden as far as I am concerned, so long as they leave the birds alone (there are a lot of nesting birds).

      Interesting about the tea. I know some people try to smoke it thinking it has a similar effect to cannabis, but nepelactone affects cats, humans not so much I don't think. Should try it, I suppose.

  3. SandyMcCollum profile image77
    SandyMcCollumposted 6 years ago

    If you'd like to grow a patch, put a little fencing around the patch until the catnip is big enough to survive being loved by a cat. Mine didn't spread too much, in fact, not at all. Probably because I cut off all the flowers... yeah, that must have been it. I'd cut off the flowers for my tea; the leaves are left for the cats until the end of the season, when I then let it flower out for seed.

  4. wordscribe43 profile image91
    wordscribe43posted 6 years ago

    My cats are downright obscene with catnip.  Seriously!  They make fools of themselves in their ecstasy states....

    I used to have a cat who'd become a little aggressive on his "high", though.  He'd start attacking the other cats and becoming, let's just say "amorous". 

    I've never tried growing it, though.  I'd imagine it wouldn't be too difficult, even inside, right?  Currently my cats (and rabbit) are mowing down wheat grass.

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I've written a couple of hubs on catnip, though by this time next year I hope to be a real expert and not a researcher lol

      It grows well in USDA zones 5 - 9, so I guess it could be grown indoors so long as your apartment isn't too warm. Grow it next to an open window!

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        klarawieckposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Good luck, Izzy. I hope it grows nicely. You're not in Spain anymore? I'm going this summer... wedding... in July... HOT! HOT! HOT! big_smile
        Post a pic of your catnip. It's such a pretty plant!

  5. jennzie profile image84
    jennzieposted 6 years ago

    My one cat loves catnip, but the other two aren't very crazy about it. I also want to try the cat grass that comes in the pot to see if they like that any more than the catnip that is in the container.

    But growing your own sounds like a good (and cheaper!) idea.

  6. Aficionada profile image86
    Aficionadaposted 6 years ago

    This thread prompted me to spend nearly the past hour watching YouTube videos of catnip, cats, animals, babies, all that stuff.  There's one sort of scientific one about how catnip works. It's not long enough; I think it was actually a sort of ad for a TV program. But they said that about 70% of cats are affected by it. Another 1-2 showed its effect on big cats. Amazing.

    Izzy, I hope  you'll post your video (when you make it) on YouTube. Some of those vids have gotten millions of hits!

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I have watched them, some of them are fabulous! The ones that are made for TV are not of the best quality, I think someone videoed the TV programs and posted them to YouTube, which is a pity because the professionals got it right, and the copies look like copies.

      I would love to make a video of the cat(s) at the catnip. The trouble is because they are 'visitors' they are nervous of me, so filming them is not so easy as I have to keep my distance and stay silent.

      Jennzie mentioned catnip grass, but if your cats like catnip they will like the grass too, but as a plant it is exceptionally boring and if you plant it in the garden you will (like me) end up running the mower over it because it looks like garden grass, or pulling it up thinking it is escaped grass.

      You want this plant -

      http://s3.hubimg.com/u/6529702_f248.jpg

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        Robertr04posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Could not resist. A stimulant, tonic, antispasmodic, normalizes blood pressure, decreases the desire for cigarettes, and dispels abdominal gas. For parents whose children experience colic, Catnip is a Godsend. Often a child will scream with discomfort and cannot tell the parent what's wrong. The extract or tincture is applied generously to the back and the abdominal area. By putting drops on the tongue as needed, tormenting gas can be expelled from the body. In cases of high blood pressure where arteries are nervously cramped, Catnip is swift and effective. Those who wish to quit cigarettes may be able to do so by placing several drops on the back of the tongue anytime a cigarette is desired.

        1. IzzyM profile image88
          IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I'm going to try this next time I run out of cigarettes. I've only got 7 cartons left.

    2. Aficionada profile image86
      Aficionadaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Well, do I ever feel sheepish here.  Izzy, I saw some of your other YouTube videos that were mentioned in the thread about pets - the dogs play-fighting over a stick, and some others. They're good - But that's no surprise!

      What kind of video camera did you use? The video is certainly some of the best quality and clearest I have ever seen.

      1. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Oh wow! Thanks! I am a complete beginner on making videos. The camera I use is an Olympus SZ10 and it records in HD. I should write a hub about it (but not on this name unless I don't want anyone to read it apart from hubbers). Its not that expensive a camera at around $200, but it takes great close-ups and the zoom seems to focus on distant objects really well.



        http://s2.hubimg.com/u/6560509_f248.jpg

        1. Aficionada profile image86
          Aficionadaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Definitely write it! I'll watch for it, or you can send me a message when it's published.

          I'm noting the name/model, and I'll start saving for it today. smile

 
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